Cross-layer Optimization in Wireless Multihop Networks
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In order to meet the increasing demand for higher data rates, next generation wireless networks must incorporate additional functionalities to enhance network throughput. Multihop networks are considered as a promising alternative due to their ability to exploit spatial reuse and to extend coverage. Recently, industry has shown increased interest in multihop networks as they do not require additional infrastructure and have relatively low deployment costs. Many advances in physical and network layer techniques have been proposed in the recent past and they have been studied mostly in single-hop networks. Very few studies, if any, have tried to quantify the gains that these techniques could provide in multihop networks. We investigate the impact of simple network coding, advanced physical layer and cooperative techniques on the maximum achievable throughput of wireless multihop networks of practical size. We consider the following advanced physical layer techniques: successive interference cancellation, superposition coding, dirty-paper coding, and some of their combinations. We achieve this by formulating several cross-layer frameworks when these techniques are jointly optimized with routing and scheduling. We also formulate power allocation subproblems for the cases of continuous power control and superposition coding. We also provide numerous engineering insights by solving these problems to optimality.